As I reported earlier this week, The American Lawyer is out with the Am Law 100, its 31st annual ranking of the 100 highest-grossing U.S. law firms. On the latest episode of our legal-affairs podcast Lawyer 2 Lawyer, we are joined by Gina Passarella, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, and Nicholas Bruch, senior analyst at ALM Intelligence, to explore the results in depth.

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In the wake of yet another mass shooting — this time the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 were killed and many others injured — we again look at gun laws and what can be done to curb such tragedies in the future. Our guests for this latest episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer are:

  • Stephen P. Halbrook, an attorney who specializes in Second Amendment and firearms cases, senior fellow at the Independent Institute, and author of a number of books, including the forthcoming, Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France.
  • John J. Donohue III, professor at Stanford Law School and one of the leading empirical researchers in law, including in the area of guns and gun violence.

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The release of a four-page memo created by Republican staffers and House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes alleging abuse of surveillance authority by the Justice Department and FBI has unleashed a firestorm of controversy. The Nunes memo alleges that the FBI may have relied on “politically motivated or questionable sources” to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant in the early phases of the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

What are we to make of the Nunes memo? What are the legalities surrounding its release and allegations. And what do we know about the secretive FISA law and the FISA court that issued the warrant?

These are the questions we examine this week on the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer 2 Lawyer. To help us do so, we’re joined by two experts:

  • Robert E. Anderson Jr., managing director of Navigant and a former national security executive with the FBI, where he was directly involved in investigating and prosecuting some of the most famous spies in U.S. history.
  • John Malcolm, vice president of the Institute for Constitutional Government and director of the Meese Center for Legal & Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation and a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.

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The Oct. 1 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas left 58 people dead and more than 500 wounded. In the wake of that terrible tragedy, victims and their families have been left to deal with a host of very real legal issues, ranging from probate matters to insurance issues to employment problems.

On the latest episode of the legal affairs podcast Lawyer 2 Lawyer, we look at this flood of legal problems and how attorneys and legal organizations in Nevada and elsewhere are stepping up to help.

Our guests for this episode are:

  • Tennille Pereira, a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.
  • Kristin Tyler, founding partner with the law firm of Garman Turner Gordon LLP in Las Vegas.

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In our latest episode of the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we look at the contours of free speech, hate speech, censorship and the First Amendment. Can and should hate speech be shut down? Can and should the president block followers on Twitter? Who gets to decide what speech is allowed?

We have a fascinating discussion with two experts in the First Amendment:

Eugene Volokh, founder and co-author of the popular blog, The Volokh Conspiracy, and professor at UCLA School of Law, where he teaches free speech law, tort law, religious freedom law, and church-state relations law, and supervises a First Amendment amicus brief clinic. Before coming to UCLA, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and for 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski.

Robert A. Bertsche, media and First Amendment lawyer and partner with the Boston firm Prince Lobel Tye, LLP, where he offers counseling and litigation services to clients throughout the United States, including magazines, newspapers, book publishers, broadcasters, website operators, bloggers, filmmakers, and advertising and public relations agencies.

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When we recorded our Lawyer2Lawyer episode on the presidential pardon power, we had no idea President Trump would pardon Joe Arpaio, the controversial former Arizona sheriff. Our focus was Trump’s possible use of the pardon power in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion with Russia. But with this latest news, the episode becomes all the more timely.

We look in depth at the president’s pardon power, including whether Trump could pardon himself, with two experts on the topic:

  • Brian C. Kalt, professor of law and the Harold Norris faculty scholar at Michigan State University College of Law. Kalt is author of Constitutional Cliffhangers: A Legal Guide for Presidents and Their Enemies (Yale University Press, 2012), and of the 1996 Yale Law Review note, “Pardon Me?: The Constitutional Case Against Presidential Self-Pardons,” 106 Yale Law Journal 779.
  • Robert L. Deitz, professor of public policy at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Deitz was formerly senior councillor to the director of the Central Intelligence Agency and general counsel at the National Security Agency.

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In a series of tweets on July 26, President Trump announced that “after consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”

Transgender service members have officially been allowed to openly serve since 2016, when former Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the ban, and unofficially even before then. A Rand study estimates there are from 1,320 to 6,630 transgender personnel serving in the active component and from 830 to 4,160 in the reserves.

This week on the legal affairs podcast Lawyer 2 Lawyer, we look at the president’s ban and on the legal rights of transgenders in the military. Joining us to discuss this are:

  • Kris Poppe, attorney with the Richardson Firm in Fayetteville, N.C. Poppe joined the Richardson Firm in 2016 after nearly 35 years of military service, including over 20 years as an Army Judge Advocate. Kris served as an NCO in the U.S. Marine Corps and as an Army infantry officer before becoming an attorney. As an active duty judge Advocate, he built a service-wide reputation for his courtroom skill and criminal law expertise and was the go-to defense counsel for high-profile and complex cases. Among those cases, Kris represented a transgender service member after it was discovered she was formerly a man.
  • Brynn Tannehill, director of advocacy and founding member of the LGBT military organization SPART*A. Over the past 20 years, she has held positions of leadership over diverse teams of people as a lieutenant commander in the Navy and as a senior research scientist and project manager at the RAND Corporation and others in private industry. A former Navy pilot, Brynn left the Naval Reserves in 2010 to begin her transition.

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After a six-day trial and a “hopelessly deadlocked” jury, the judge declared a mistrial in the prosecution of comedian Bill Cosby for the alleged sexual assault of Andrea Constand. What happened to bring about a mistrial and what is the future of this case? This is our topic this week on the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer 2 Lawyer.

Two criminal law experts join us to discuss the case, the allegations, the prosecution strategy, the defense strategy, the mistrial, and what is likely to happen now:

  • Attorney Letitia Quinones is from the firm Quinones & Associates, in Houston, Texas. She brings over 18 years of criminal law experience to her clients in Houston, throughout the state of Texas and across the nation.
  • Attorney and professor Barbara Lynn Ashcroft is from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. A former Montgomery County assistant district attorney, she spent seven years prosecuting more than 1,500 criminal cases involving fraud, burglary, domestic violence, sexual assault, felony drug crime, and homicide.

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On April 18, in the largest simultaneous dismissal of cases in U.S. history, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court dismissed more than 21,000 low-level drug cases connected to the drug lab scandal that involved Annie Dookhan, a former chemist of a Massachusetts crime lab who admitted to falsifying evidence. After an investigation into Annie Dookhan and her work at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute, Dookhan admitted to altering and faking test results over a period of eight years.

On the latest episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, we look at the drug lab scandal in Massachusetts; its impact on drug cases, attorneys and defendants; and the implications for drug labs elsewhere in the United States. To help us do this, we have two guests:

  • Carl Williams, a staff attorney for the ACLU of Massachusetts and former criminal defense attorney. Williams was part of the ACLU team that represented thousands of petitioners who sought relief from convictions based on the Dookhan scandal.
  • Sandra Guerra Thompson, director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. In 2015, Sandra wrote the book, “Cops in Lab Coats: Curbing Wrongful Convictions with Independent Forensic Laboratories.”

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This week on the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer 2 Lawyer, we look at President Trump’s repeal of internet privacy rules promulgated last year by the FCC. The repeal means that internet service providers can now sell customer usage data without their consent. We explore the legal and privacy issues with two guests:

  • Ernesto Falcon, legislative counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation with a primary focus on intellectual property and open Internet issues. Prior to joining EFF, Ernesto was vice president of government affairs at Public Knowledge, where he advocated on behalf of consumers on copyright issues and broadband competition. Earlier, he worked as a legislative staffer for two members of Congress.
  • Alden F. Abbott, the Rumpel senior legal fellow and deputy director of the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Alden previously served as director of patent and antitrust strategy for BlackBerry, and in a variety of senior government positions.

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